As Beijing Winter Olympics is approaching, 20 countries have refused to sign a truce with China ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics amid growing pressure for a diplomatic boycott of the event, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The refusal to sign the Olympic Truce, a tradition that dates back to ancient Greece to prevent conflicts from disrupting the competition, was intended to send a message to Beijing about its human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, as well as the treatment of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

Since its reintroduction in 1993, Israel and North Korea have been the only countries to refuse to sign the truce. However, the resolution was passed by the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Dec. 2, without the support of 20 countries.

The resolution was not sponsored by any of the “Quad” countries—the United States, India, Australia, and Japan—and New Zealand was the only country in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network—Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States—to sign the truce.

As a predominantly Muslim country, Turkey’s choice not to co-sponsor the resolution has been observed in light of China’s persecution of Muslim Uighurs in the far-western province of Xinjiang.

Political commentator Lan Shu said, “There are 20 countries that refuse to sign this agreement because Western countries are now increasingly considering that the CCP may threaten the peace of the entire Western world and the international community in the future. Therefore, they are more and more concerned about humanity and human rights in China.”

China researcher Zhang Jian said that Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, and countries and associations were calling to boycott the Beijing Olympics. Supporters thought that the world-famous sports event would change the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It would improve China’s human rights matter when China demonstrated its capabilities and strength on the international stage.

However, according to Zhang Jian, 13 years later, people found these supporters’ beautiful illusion of the CCP crumbling. He said that the CCP’s brutality had reached the point of genocide, and it continues to this day. The Chinese people were like living in the world depicted in a novel called “1984.” 

“This is an era that is even more terrifying. So boycotting the Winter Olympics has become a basic human rights effort by every person who yearns for freedom, justice, and peace,” said Zhang Jian

The Biden administration is expected to announce some type of diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 as early as next week, according to multiple Australian and U.S. government sources who are not authorized to talk publicly. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering a similar course of action.

The chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Senator Jeff Merkley, and co-chair Representative James McGovern announced the launch of the “Olympic Prisoners” project on December 2nd and criticized the CCP for tarnishing the Olympics.

The two also announced that they would focus on those unfairly imprisoned by the Chinese regime. They also advocated people join them in calling on the International Olympic Committee and its partners to use their influence to pressure the dictatorial government to release prisoners of conscience and reduce their tarnishing of the Olympic spirit.

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